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Firefighter killed while battling blaze near Lake Tahoe

The U.S. Forest Service said one of its firefighters was killed Saturday evening in the Lake Tahoe area after he was struck by a tree while battling a wildfire.

The agency said in a news release that the firefighter was hit about 5:30 p.m. while working in a remote area between the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Eldorado National Forest. The release did not identify him or provide an age.

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The Forest Service said a second male firefighter who was also injured in the incident has been treated and released from a hospital.

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